World War II


: the war that was fought mainly in Europe and Asia from 1939 to 1945

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Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of wallet-sized copies were distributed to American soldiers during World War II. John Blake, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 In World War II, the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on the two Japanese cities Walberg referenced in an effort to bring to an end a conflict that would ultimately cost 15 million lives on battlefields worldwide. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2024 In total, about 2,300 service members and 68 civilians were killed in Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which later launched the U.S. into World War II. Juliana Kim, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 Based on Hunter’s novel of the same name, the show stars Lerman as her grandfather, Addy, and King as his little sister Halina, two of five Polish siblings trying to stay alive and bring their family back together during World War II. Jaden Thompson, Variety, 30 Mar. 2024 Teddy Oh worked on the kite all week at home in New York as an homage to World War II fighter pilots. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 In a hint of a culture war, some suggested the solar panels were the kind of politically correct gesture typical of a progressive institution like King’s College, whose graduates include the economist John Maynard Keynes, the World War II code breaker Alan Turing and the novelist Zadie Smith. Mark Landler, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 The Catcher Was a Spy: Moe Berg, a Major League Baseball player, becomes a World War II spy, undertaking dangerous missions in Europe to gather intelligence and thwart Nazi nuclear ambitions. Travis Bean, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Historians say Japan was also working on nuclear weapons during World War II and would have almost certainly used them against other nations, Mr. Shinju said. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2024

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“World War II.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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